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christmas day than any other day of the year? people are traveling more than usual. they carry heavy luggage and walk long distances in airports. there's the added stress of family, heavy meals and xhol. obviously, try to keep the stress, the fatty foods and alcohol to a minimum and manage your expectations when it comes to relationships, especially in your family. ask for help with your luggage. pay attention to the symptoms of a heart attack. chest pain, shortness of breath and sweating and nausea. anything that comes on suddenly is unusual. if you're concerned go to the hospital. they work there whether you come in or not. that's going to wrap it up for sgmd. stay connected with me and keep the conversation going on twitter. i'll give you a economic on the top stories in the cnn newsroom. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn sunday morning." the vote is in.
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now the world waits to see how egypt will react to the new constitution. aurora, penn state, and, of course, newtown. we count down the top ten biggest crimes of the year. remember that reindeer sweater you got from uncle lou or the elevator music cd from aunt sally? we share the worst christmas gifts ever. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it's 8:00 on the east coast and 5:00 a.m. out west. thank you for starting your morning with you. some breaking news out of india where anger is boiling over in the treastreets, and a young wo is fighting for her life in the hospital. there have been protests. the protestors are furious after the young woman was beaten and
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gang raped on a bus in new delhi last weekend. a journalist has been kill pendergraph ed in a separate protest today. first of all, what can you tell us about the journalist's death today? >> reporter: the death of this protestor is concerned, it all started from last sunday. there was a 23-year-old victim who was gang raped on a moving bus, and there have been protests all over new delhi after that and protests all over the country as well. in this protest it wasn't clear what india gave in the center of the new delhi. it's not far from the indian parliament so it's a high security area, and the police have been giving warnings to people all day. finally in the evening they approached the crowds and they
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started to hit them with batons, they targeted them with water cannons asking them it to get out of the streets. that's the central part that was taken over by the police right now. >> and that's what you're seeing now. do you see the protesters? are they running away or injured being clubbed by authorities there? >> reporter: no. as far as the protestors are concerned thash concern concerned, they're back to the location. the police aren't doing anything because they faced a lot of flax for the attack already. during the day they got violent. they were throwing things at the police personnel, they were throwing stones, they were throwing bottles and shoes at the place. this is a very high security zone, so considering that tomorrow is monday and would be very high traffic here, it is a major arterial road, so the police want to get it back on track. there were a lot of women in the area. they would probably get very highly criticized in the days to
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come. >> what about this young woman attack attacked? do you know anything about her condition? >> reporter: as far as this woman is concerned, there are a number of women in this area who were injured. they've been taken to nearby hospitals, but no one has been severely injurie injured. they're focusing on getting things back to normal up. >> i'm talking about the woman aattacked on the bus originally. do you know anything about her condition? >> she's still suffering and critical. she's been on a ventilator for one week, but her condition is improving say doctors. it will take several months for her to get completely back to normal, because she suffered very severe injuries to her intestines, a portion has been removed. doctors say it will take several months to recover fully. >> i know the protesters called this woman damini, which means
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lightning is hindi. has she become a symbol in india? >> reporter: as far as the name of the protestor is concerned, we refrain from taking the names of victims. what has happened is that she's really -- different people she interacted with, they associated with her at some point. what happens is every woman faces some sort of harassment in the capital on a daily basis. crimes against women have been on the rise, and this was a really brutal case. in fact, if you speak to police officers here and doctors who are treating that 22-year-old girl we're talking about, they tell you that this is probably the worst case they've seen in the last seven to eight years. that's what really brought people on the streets. we've seen rapes before. we've seen murders before, but never has -- never have people really come to important locations in the capital and protested in this manner. it was the shear brutality of this case that bout people
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together. >> of course. it's hard to imagine a young woman being gang raped on a moving bus and nobody being able to prevent that. what about arrests in this case? have these men been arrested? >> reporter: all the accused in the case have been arrested. there were six of them. one was a bus driver and the other were their associates. they were arrested in two to three days, but really the focus wasn't the investigation. the profile of these people wasn't very great. they were ordinary vegetable vendors and fruit sellers, very ordinary people. the police already had a lot of information about them. i'd like to point out a very key role was played by the victim's male friend. he was traveling with her on that bus. he tried to resist when these men indulged this it this, and he was really beaten up badly by them. that's when the others really took advantage of the situation. so the male friend has really helped the police. he's been giving all the
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statements. he gave them the clues about the bus, the number of the bus, what was inscribed. the victim gave a detailed statement about the incident to the police. that is something very brave, considering someone is so badly battered and so badly injured. she may be afraid to give a statement to the police. that's a good thing. doctors tell us she is walking slightly and her condition is improving. >> thank you so much for your reporting and that information from delhi there. appreciate that. egypt's muslim brotherhood party says voters approved a referendum on a new constitution for the country. official results expected later today. during two weeks of voting, turnout was lower. supporters say it will increase egypt's stability. opponents say it tram pems on minority rights and will increase islamist power.
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adding to the uncertainty, the egypt president resigned yesterday. in a resignation letter the former judge said political worker doesn't jive with with the profession. to a fearful ending and new beginning as well in connecticut. flags are raced to full staff today for the first time since the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. this is after the final three funerals for the victims of the tragedy. allel little girls with bright futures ahead of them taken away before their time. people gathered yesterday to say their good-byes. >> to just see the hall filled with pink flowers, glitter, it was fancy. that's what e emilie lived her life, celebrating life. everything was special to emilie. >> emilie parker was six.
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her family is one of the few family members to speak publicly about the shooting. he wanted people to remember his daughter has a kind and caring big sister. let's get you to washington. with congress home for the holidays, a deal on the fiscal cliff looks less and less likely. that could be mean coal in the stocking for house speaker john boehner and the end to his two-year reign as republican leader. he's facing pressure from his own party after his plan b failure. he proposed a vote on the plan to allow taxes to go up on millionaires, but republicans had to pull it off the table after admitting they can't get it passed. foorn illustration check the latest poll, and that's what we have political editor paul stein hauser doing? >> americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in at the
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end of the year. 7-10 questioned in our cnn/orc national poll say there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for is some compromise up here. that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more americans want the republicans rather than the democrats to compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offered no plan all year to deal with these looming cuts. >> but the public doesn't seem to aagree, and more people would blame republicans in congress rather than the president if no deal is reached. one reason why? more people see the views and policies of the gop rather than the democratic party has too extreme. that wasn't the case two years ago. if there's any good news in the poll for the republicans, it's this. a small majority say it's good for the country that the gop controls the house, which
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the year turned out to be one full of incredible stories. some sparked international outrage, and as others developed the details were up almost too hard to believe. crimes were committed and in some cases justice was handed down, but some victims are still waiting. here is the list of the top ten crime stories of 2012. >> a manhunt is under way for mcafee software founder john mcafee. >> the computer whiz and millionaire is wanted for questioning for murder.
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>> they claim they want to talk to mcafee as part of the investigation. no one knows where he is. >> yes, it was strange and only got stranger after weeks went by and no one could find him. well, not no one. >> breaking news right now. a fugitive software tycoon john mcaafee wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor in belize has been on the run, but martin savidge found him. >> he claims he didn't kill his name. number nine, the day darkness fell in wisconsin. >> the latest information we know is seven are dead at in the point, three of them are outside of the temple. >> the gunman on a rampage at a sikh temple. after shotting fired, page was shot and killed by another officer. the massacre in kandahar province. >> the united states takes this
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as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children murdered. >> the accused gunman is robert bales. military officials say he left his outpost on a night back in march and single mif handedly attacked two villages. opening fire and killing 16 afghan civilians in their homes and wounding six others. number seven, striking a deal in the shooting at that struck a blow to the nation. >> the man who shot congresswoman gabrielle giffords and killed six people last year pleaded guilty to 19 charges. >> jared loughner was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms and 140 years. that means he will avoid the death penalty. chicago's murder rate this year surged to numbers not seen in decades. >> it's not the gang bangers. right now innocent kids and women are shot on a daily basis.
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>> averaging more than maa murd a day, most happened in a few specific areas. >> the entire city suffers when violence happens, and this idea of not in my backyard is not okay. >> we start this morning with breaking news from italy. >> a massive cruise ship, the costa concordia turned on its side. 32 passengers and crew were killed. the captain says it was an accident and not a crime. he faces charges. >> he's being investigated for manslaughter and abandoning ship. >> he claims he tripped and fell into a lifeboat. the sentencing of jerry sandusky. >> carol, jerry sandusky will die in jail. >> a judge sentenced the 68-year-old former penn state assistant football coach to at least 30 years in jail after he was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse. despite the mountain of evidence against him, sandusky continues to proclaim his innocence.
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he's in the process of aappeppeg his sentence. number three, the shooting of unarmed 17-year-old trayvon martin. >> my son left sanford, florida in a body bag, while george zimmerman went home to go to sleep in his own bed. >> aaccused gunman george zimmerman claims self-defense in a case that sparked international outrage and ignited racial tensions. trial is set for june. number two. >> we need rescue inside the auditorium. we have multiple victims. i've gone seven down in theater 9. >> july 20th just past midnight terror inside theater 9. >> aurora, colorado 9 miles east of denver where there's a mass shooting at a movie theater. >> they same james holmes donned protective gear, through tear gas and fired. in the end 12 killed, 58 others wounded. holmes faces 152 charges.
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many victims continue to recover while others will never recover the loss they suffered that night. and number one -- >> unimaginable horror grips the nation is one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. >> tragedy at sandy hook elementary. >> this is unspeakable what happened in this town. >> innocent children shot dead in their classrooms. the victims? 16 6-year-olds, 4 7-year-olds along with six adults. >> emilie's laughter was infectious and all that met her would aagree the world is a better place because she's been in it. >> in newtown, connecticut, an outpouring of kindness and compassion while a nation faced hard questions about mental health and guns. as the president issued an emotional call for action. >> for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to
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carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> and a programming note. you can see more of our top ten of 2012 special. stories that captured the country's attention. it also includes the biggest stories in politics, money and even scandals. it airs christmas night at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. he beat out olympic athle s athletes, tv personalities and a long list of humanitarians around the globe. you may be shocked to find out which world leader won "time" magazine's person of the year online reader poll. we'll tell you.
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23 minutes past the hour. glad you're with us. "time" magazine named president barack obama. another world leader snagged the number one spot in time's reader poll with 12.6 million votes. so spill it. who was if? >> we're supposed to tell you "time" magazine will be the first to tell you this is not scientific. >> i'm sure. >> north korea's supreme leader, youngest head of state currently in the world kim jong-un. >> why the fascination with him? >> he's intriguing because he's the third in the kim dynasty. he's the third and youngest son, but his father thought he had bha it took to the supreme leader. interesting enough, he went to school in switzerland and he's an nba and nike fan and does his own buzz cuts, which have become a trend in north korea. >> he does that hair himself? >> yes. he has a fear of barbers.
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>> i guess you never know who will come after you. "the onion" as a joke named him sexiest man in alive in a poll. it was meant to be a joke. the chinese published it thig it was real. >> we know it's not real. good about him is he showed his wife. that gives a lot of hope to the north korean public. you never saw his father's wife. he's allowed young women to ride their bicycles in urban areas in pyongyang after a 20-year ban. >> how is he perceived? is he liked and feared? >> amongst north koreans he's revered because of this very successful launch, so certainly revered among him. condemnation by the international community, but it remains to be seen. he's 29 or 30. by the way, we're not clr on that. >> any don't release na? >> yes. he seems to have similar
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policies to his father but a different personality. we'll be watching him with interest. >> we are fascinated with him. no doubt. nadya, thank you very much. appreciate that. the pope has pardoned his former butler convicted of leaking his private papers, so is the pope living up to the bible's word on forgiveness? we'll talk about na and get some advice on how to forgive over the holidays. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring.
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welcome back to "cnn sunday morning." i'm randi kaye. here's the stories we're watching. dramatic new pictures coming to us out of india's capital of new de delhi. thousands of protesters have taken to the streets furious after a brutal gang rape and beating of a young woman. some broke down sobbing. police fired tear gas and water cannons at them to break up the crowd. it happened on a bus ♪ city last weekend, and the 23-year-old woman is now fighting for her life in a hospital. six suspects including the bus driver are under arrest. in connecticut flags will be raised to full staff this morning. it's the first time since the
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shooting in newtown. we saw the last three funerals for the victims. three more little girls were laid to rest left to right on the screen josephine gay, anna marquez greene and emilie parker. when students get back from the break. every school will now have an armed guard on duty. he made the decision before the nra came out suggesting it, but while the mayor says it's necessary right now, new jersey governor chris christie says armed guards are not the solution. >> i don't think anyone heard me. i really thought he was going to attack me. i had visions that i was going to get eaten. >> that jogger had a frightening encounter with a mountain lion as she ran through colorado's cheyenne mountain park. they're hunting for the animal after it approached the jogger and another person in two
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separate incidents. rangers may have to kill the mountain lion to prevent it from threatening people at the park. check out this video from boston where a police officer jumped into the frigid boston harbor to save a drowning woman. a bystander recorded the heroism with a cell phone. the woman said she fell in by accident. fire department divers helped them arrive both to safety. what an incredible task there. for today's faces of faith, we are talking about the face of forgiveness, and what it looks like during the holidays. one example is the pope. he made a surprise visit to the vatican jill yesterday and pardoned his former butler from his 18-month prison sentence. the butler had been convicted of stealing private documents from the pope's office and leaking them to the media in an effort
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to expose corruption within the catholic church. when they met yesterday, it was the first time they had seen each other since he was arrested in may. joining us now to talk more about this is brent strong, he teaches bible and theology and an ordained minister. good morning to you. this is big news. we talked about this story a long time ago when it was first unfolding, but forgiveness. this is interesting coming from the pope. what kind of example do you think he's trying to set? >> in catholicism the pope is christ on earth. he's acting like jesus. he forgives people their sins and so on and so forth. the most dramatic example of that is when jesus from the cross prays for the forgiveness for those killing him according to the gospel of luke. >> you pointed out this verse to us from the gospel aaccording to
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luke. jesus said, father forgive them for they don't know what they're doing. that is what you're talking about there. >> exactly. it seems like that's a superhuman sort of thing that jesus did from the cross, but just in, you know, a few pages over in the acts of the apostles, the first christian martyr, steven, is said to pray almost the same thing being executed. he said, don't hold this sin against them. it is possible for normal people to forgive, even in extraordinary ways. >> a strong message there. how important is forgiveness? what does the bible say about it? >> well, it's not only possible but imperative and commanded. in the lord's prayer jesus makes god's forgiveness contingent on whether or not we forgive each other in the lord's prayer. it's a striking text in matthew 6 where jesus says this. >> forgive us for the ways we wronged you as we forgive those
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that wrong us. if you forgive sins your herchly father will also forgive you. if you don't forgive neither will the father. >> it's dependent forgive us as we for give us. if we don't, then god won't forgive us. >> certainly the haul days and families coming together. it's not always easy. there are problems within families. what can families do to try and forgive and, i guess, forget maybe around the holiday? >> i think the bible is helpful in two ways in this regard. one is that the phrase "forgive and forget," we say it a lot is not found in the bible. it's very hard to forget things that are really bad. it's interesting that the bible even suggests that some things are so bad they can't be forgotten and maybe shouldn't be forgotten. they shouldn't be forgotten because it keeps us from letting it happen again. also, we shouldn't forget them because it keeps us thankful we
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don't experience the terrible things anymore, so that's important. another thing is it takes time and that forgiveness may not be marked by how we feel towards sun that wronged you us. it may be how we act towards them this great example is these two brothers, family again, and they're add odds for years and years. they finally reconcile, but it seems like they don't trust each other much at all even after that th that. the primary way they show it is not trying to hurt each other. >> who do you think forgiveness benefits more? for the person forgiving or receiving? >> it's got to be both. you got to feel great to be forgiven but to let it go. it's one of the most priceless gifts to give at christmastime. >> certainly. thank you and happy holidays to you as well. for more stories on faith, be sure to check out our widely popular belief blog. you can find it at
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welcome back. 40 minutes past the hour now. it sounds like a contradictionary, fighting to at that on a growing problem in chicago. street violence. some dedicated people are taking young kids and turning around their lives. photo journalist derrick davis shows us how they're doing it. >> i grew up watching boxing all my life. boxing is really, really hard. it takes a lot of discipline. some people make it look easy, but it's really hard. as soon as i walked in the doors, i just fell in love with boxing. there's different things that the gym offers you and different things that the streets offer you. most of the time the streets will he lead to death. the streets are really, really bad. there's a good one or two shootings every weekend.
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it keeps kids off the street. if the kid is at home, friends come over, and let's go out. they're out in the street. if they come here, it's a real nice environment for them. >> everybody get into the ring. we'll have the wrap session. >> this week ip to talk about unity. in this gym we are a community. >> we not only do boxing but youth development. when you walk in the door, weert not only teaching you boxing. we're also teaching you that you have to go to school. we have three or four tutors that are trying to get these kids' grades up. i used to have average like b, cs. now i get as and bs. i joined boxing to stay away from the streets and to get my life together. it literally saved my life boxing. i want these kids to go to college for the next generation. it could be more powerful in life.
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we're more than just tough. we're also smart. i want to become a champion, and i want to show people that this neighborhood is not only about violence. that there's people in here in the neighborhood that are determined to become somebody in life. p if i help two, three kids a year, that's already a difference. just like boxing saved me, i'm trying to save others. >> we're giving in focus specials 12:30 p.m. eastern time on christmas day if you want to check it out. to sports now. the detroits lions calvin johnson gave his fans a gift and something to cheer up. last night he broke jerry rice's records for the most receiving yards in a season. rice set the record in 1995. of course, johnson's record was all the lions fans had to cheer about. they got crushed by the falcons 31-18. there is no shortage of pressing problems in washington,
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♪ yeah doin' it doin' it up! ♪ heyyy yeah, tryin' to bite my style! ♪ ♪ heyyy yeah, how you like me now? ♪ ♪ na na na na na na na na ♪ and everybody go uh! welcome back. president obama invited a 16-year-old boy he never met to a holiday party at the white house this year. even though they've never metd alex birdie is one of the youngest volunteers. here's dan lothian with his story. >> reporter: it takes a lot of people to make a president. big-time advisers, big donors and a very big rolodex bulging with volunteers, one of the youngest might well be 16-year-old alex birdie. >> i think politics is going to be my route. >> he's not your typical
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teenager. politics is in ms. blootd and passion is in his heart. >> one day we were driving along listen to go to political radio. we have to go in now. >> in 11th grade went all in, juggling high school classes and part-time courses at a local community college canvassing for president obama. >> we're a middle class family. when we talk to them, it's he relatable. she has a son in high school. >> training campaign volunteers old enough to be his parents. >> the first time i can see a lot of faces. i had to start screaming training over here. from a kid, no? that wouldn't be useful, would it. >> one campaign official urged him to brag about his experience so adults would trust him. 2012 was the first rodeo. he came pained for obama in 2008, working the phones as an 11-year-old. >> how would are you? you're not right. this is a prank call. >> he soldiered on with ms.
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home, also a volunteer. >> we're fired up now. >> fired up by obama but respectful of opposing views. >> i like a good conversation with a republican. it's no different. it's nice to see sxhaer their viewpoints. >> the prizes for his work, the president won and he received an invitation to a white house holiday party. when that came and you opened it, what did you think? >> i didn't think it was real. >> it was, so berdy traveled with his family for the white house to visit the president he'd worked for during two campaigns but never met. >> what will you say for him? >> probably say it was an honor working for you, and i'll very glad you got re-elected. >> dan lothian, cnn, the white house. the nra has offered a provocative solution after the shooting, but armed guards in the schools. congress has one thing on its plate with the fiscal cliff. lawmakers have headed home for the holidays. candy crowley joins any now with
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a preview of her show. good morning. what's the reaction to the nra's proposal at the capitol there? >> not just the capitol, but i think pretty much nationwide a lot of people looked at it and said, whoa. you know, more guns is not the solution to this. now, mind you, what the nra is proposing and what it's trying to put into place is a program that is, you know, voluntary. they wouldn't force schools to do anything. the nr a said it could voluntees and et cetera, et cetera. the idea that gun control was not spoken of in the nra's first reaction, i think, struck some people as wrong. so there definitely was a lot of blow-back about it. what's the nra trying to do? it's trying to change the conversation. they think the debate should be about safe schools as opposed to guns, and obviously they're the gun lobby so you can understand that. that's what they were doing, and
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i mean, they got a lot of fierce pushback by some of the folks on capitol hill and some in the country. >> certainly a lot of response from lawmakers. any indication that any of them will get on board with the nra's proposal? >> i think school safety in general. the -- i think that what has happened this time in some ways is that people do view this as a problem that doesn't have one solution. certainly safe schools is one of the things. as far as putting more armed people inside a school, trained as the nra says, they'll be professionals and not teachers because they should teach, et cetera, et cetera, is not an unheard of idea. we've identified at least six states who are thinking about arming teachers. so this is not something, you know -- first of all, it's something for local schools to kind of decide on their own, but it's not something really so out of the mainstream. there are some states looking at
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the idea of putting more guns in school. i think it hit people wrong because it just -- you know, the sentence, we need more guns in schools rather than, you know, fewer just struck people really badly coming from the gun lobby. >> let's talk about the oberto very quickly here, the gop civil war certainly seemed to sabotage speaker john boehner's plan b as he called it on the cliff. can the republicans, you think, come together in time to negotiate a deal with the president? >> you know, if they could negotiate a deal with the president, would they be able to get one? we're so many steps away from this. i think it's -- honestly, i have been little miss sunshine about they're going to get this done. they always get it done at the last minute. it will happen. it will happen. for the first time when the speaker's plan was turned away and he realized he didn't have enough republican votes to get
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it through, it says to me if you can't pass a republican plan with the republicans, what can you pass? so i think it's a little bleak, but they're coming back after christmas. so there's time. >> all right. candy crowley, nice to see you. have a great holiday. thank you. >> you, too. keep it here for "state of the union." it starts in eight minutes it here on cnn. here's a question for you. ever get a gift for the holidays that left you asking, why did you buy me that? dean is here. oh, no. he has some of his worst holiday gifts aalong with him. we'll tell you what made his list when we come back.
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oh, yes, the holidays, the season of giving and sieving. getting a gift should make one happy and filled with gratitude, right? what happens when you unwrap that present that just leaves you shaking your head. we've all been there. admit it. remember this class scene from "a christmas story"? >> do you know what this is? this is a lamp! >> a lamp. lovely. this comedian has never gotten a lamp, but he received some pretty bad gifts and he's here to share them with us. you never got a leg lamp, huh? >> no. i hope this christmas maybe someone will. >> in the spirit of the holidays, miisn't it really the thought that counts, dean? >> of course it's the thought. on some level we appreciate it. i've given some bad gifts. some gifts look like they didn't
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give any thought and closed their eyes and bought what they could get and checked out and gave it to you. a little more thought could be helpful. some gifts are good, but in the context of the holidays, not good. >> you've got bad ones over the year or we went have this discussion. what are some of your all-time worst? >> the elephant made of yarn. it smells like mold because it's in the attic. i hope the person that gave me this is not watching this morning. this is bad. if you're a republican, perhaps there's a big thing you want. this was a fun thing i got. it's a fish, looks like a paperweight holder. it's a candle holder, and you get the ridiculous sweaters and socks for the holidays. the worst thing i got was opened cologne. it was apparently used, and some of the cologne was missing from the cologne. that ranks right up there. >> did the person that gave it to you smell similar to what was in the bottle? >> i cannot recall that.
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i would have sniffed them, i think. >> i know that you brought the question to your friends and colleagues on facebook and twitter. i've done the same. what were some of the craziest responses you got in terms of the worst gift from social media? >> we got a tweet before we went on the air. someone said their husband gave them a vacuum cleaner for christmas, and that was it. in the context of the holidays, crappy gift. in the context of the world, a good gift. a regifted stuffed animal with the original card still in the back. this one was a giant framed picture of the gifter. that's like me giving you a gift of a picture of me to hang on the wall. this is truly really happening. a guy named leslie on facebook said someone gave him an enema kit because the neighbor learned about the benefits of colon cleansing. they were not kidding. that's creepy. >> some of these gifts are

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